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Anxious about having a smear test

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Anxious about having a smear test

Hello ladies. I’m 52 and have had a very heavy post menopause bleed, been for a scan on my womb and also had a trans vaginal scan which I found horrendous and this is why I am a year late with my smear as I have a real mental block on anything being inserted down below. All looked fine on my scan, my fibroid hasn’t grown so good news. I’ve given in an booked my smear test in for Tuesday coming and I’m just dreading in but I know I have to have it done . I guess I’m not the only one that just doesn’t like having them done . Bleeding has now stopped thankfully

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Hi betty

Really well done you for booking your smear test.  I would give so much to be able to rewrite history, and not get as far behind as I did with my smear tests (see my back story).   I totally understand what you mean by having a mental block about having anything inserted down below; it's partly why I stopped going for smear tests when I reached the menopause, so you are definitely not the only one.  You could maybe try taking a couple of paracetamol an hour before your smear appointment; also there's a blog on this website about smear tests post menopause which might be helpful:


Ironically, as a previous smear avoider,  I currently have internal examinations every 6 months as part of my post treatment follow up.  I don't like them but I don't fear them because, after everything I've been through in the past 3 years, my perspective has changed.

I've done a lot awareness raising about the importance of smear tests since my cervical cancer diagnosis; I've never met anyone who regretted getting a smear test but I've met some who (like me) regretted not getting one.

All the best for Tuesday


  • Feb 04:  (age 47y) Smear test normal
  • Stopped going for smears!
  • Summer 16: persistent watery yellow vaginal discharge
  • Dec 16: post menopausal vaginal bleed
  • Jan 17: Hysteroscopy under GA for ?fibroids - abnormal cervix observed -multiple biopsies taken, 1B1  squamous  cell cc diagnosed - confirmed by MRI/PET scans
  • Feb 17: pelvic lymphadenectomy - nodes negative, Da Vinci radical hysterectomy- close anterior margin/LVSI/PNI, restaged to 2A
  • Apr/May 17: 6x chemo, 25x external radio, 2x brachy
  • May 20:  NED.  Various side effects notably hypotonic bladder since hysterectomy - ongoing ISC, unilateral lymphoedema lower abdo/groin/leg/ankle/foot

Jazza thank you for your reply and the information. I will just grin and bear it as it's got to be done. I feel pretty reassured from my scans so don't think there's anything to worry about but best to get my smear to wrap it all up. No idea what caused my bleed, Thursday night I was in terrible pain for three hours and Friday afternoon I started bleeding, very odd. 
I am glad you are now clear , must be a huge relief for you x